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May 4, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Australian and New Zealand travel agents have been exploring Tropical North Queensland’s diverse landscapes over the past six days.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) Chief Executive Officer Alex de Waal said TTNQ partnered with Cairns Airport and Tourism and Events Queensland to bring 57 travel agents to the destination from April 27 to May 3.

“Getting these agents to experience all that is on offer in Tropical North Queensland is the best way to get them to understand our diverse products and landscapes and become passionate advocates for the destination,” he said.

“This is the largest domestic familiarisation of the region we have done thanks to the strong support from our tourism industry.

“As a result, we have been able to show agents the diversity of Tropical North Queensland with eight different itineraries taking in Cairns, Mission Beach, the Atherton Tablelands, Cooktown, the Outback, the Northern Beaches, Kuranda, Port Douglas, Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

“Their experiences have been just as varied as they enjoyed Indigenous culture, marvelled at the colours of the Great Barrier Reef, savoured tropical cuisine, explored the Wet Tropics rainforest and its wildlife, browsed through markets and relaxed into our outdoor lifestyle.

“After experiencing the destination, the agents attended a full-day workshop where they learnt more about our product offerings and met with 40 operators before attending a farewell function in the rainforest.

“The farewell function was a fun and adventurous night at AJ Hackett where the agents had the opportunity to bungy jump and Minjin swing through the rainforest as they swapped tales about their Tropical North Queensland experiences.”

Katie Bouzaid from House of Travel in Wellington described Tropical North Queensland as the “island escape of Australia” which she said she would find easy to sell after experiencing the diversity of the destination.

“It is my first time here and Tropical North Queensland has everything that New Zealanders love on a holiday – it’s warm, people are friendly, the accommodation is amazing, and there is a good mix of nature experiences including the Great Barrier Reef,” she said.

Mango Travel broker Elna Tempelhoff, from Waiuku outside Auckland said the Mega Famil had showed her that Tropical North Queensland was the perfect fit for her South African clients who loved to explore Australia.

“It’s a wonderful place and the weather is absolutely awesome. You’ve got one world in the one place here with the reef and rainforest, plus Australians are really very friendly, hotel standards are outstanding, the staff excellent and there are so many experiences you can do,” she said.

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